Nature Notes is written by Kankakee Sands staff, who are inspired by the many different plant and animal species found there.
Kankakee Sands is teeming with grasses--indian grass, porcupine grass, june grass, tickle grass, witch grass, switch grass, just to name a few. Learn more about this important plant family!
A walk on a frozen February pond reveals a fascinating discovery.
You're making a holiday wreath and want to use bittersweet. But which bittersweet--American or Oriental--will you use? Choose wisely...
From seed box to beautiful bloom, here's the story of Ludwig the Seed.
Not just another pretty face, the blue lobelia employs an efficient defense system.
Kankakee Sands is a stopping point for many birds during their migrations south for the winter.
Are these flying objects UFOs? No, they're well-camouflaged grasshoppers!
Don't blink or you might miss this speedy lizard!
Learn about the expansive milkweed family
Sunshine on a stick!
This showy flower found at Kankaee Sands is not just another pretty face--wild lupine is good for the soil and essential for several butterfly species.
Having the Henslow’s sparrow at Kankakee Sands tells us our restoration efforts are working!
Each night the red bat must eat half its body weight in insects.
Love is in the air, and so are the Northern harriers!
There's a lot more to the prairie than just what is above ground.
It is unknown whether this secretive species lives in Kankakee Sands.
These crafty birds will lure in their prey by using bait.
While these frogs are abundant at Kankakee, their numbers have declined dramatically nationwide.
You won't find their nests in the trees as they use the prairie's vegetation to nurture their young.
Habitat loss threatens North America's tallest bird, but the Whooping Crane is making a comeback.
Not all legless reptiles are snakes.
You may not notice during your visit, but research occurs year-round at Kankakee Sands.